The Navy accepted delivery of future USS Detroit (LCS 7) during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisc., Aug. 12, 2016.
Detroit is the eighth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the fourth Freedom variant to join the fleet.
Capt. Warren R. Buller II, commander, LCS Squadron (COMLCSRON) 1, welcomed Detroit to the fleet.
“We are pleased to receive the future USS Detroit into the LCS class,” Buller said. “Detroit will be the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy honored to carry the name of this great American city, and will soon be joining her sister littoral combat ships operating with the fleet in critical missions around the globe.”
COMLCSRON supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping and maintaining littoral combat ships in the fleet.
Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 7 from the shipbuilder, part of a Lockheed Martin-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for October in the ship’s namesake city, Detroit.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Detroit, an exceptional ship which will conduct anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasures operations around the globe with ever-increasing mission package capability,” said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. “I look forward to seeing Detroit join her sister ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) this fall.”
Several more ships of the variant are under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. Future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is preparing for trials in 2016. Future USS Sioux City (LCS 11) was christened in January and is currently conducting system testing in preparation for trials in 2017. Future USS Wichita (LCS 13) is preparing for launch this fall, while future USS Billings (LCS 15) had her keel laid November 2015. Indianapolis (LCS 17) started fabrication August 2015 and is preparing to have her keel laid this summer. Additional ships in the pre-production phase include St. Louis (LCS 19), Minneapolis-St. Paul (LCS 21), Cooperstown (LCS 23) and unnamed LCS 25.
The LCS class consists of the Freedom variant and Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin for odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1. The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, for LCS 6 and follow-on even-numbered hulls. There are 12 ships currently under construction purchased under the Navy’s 22 ship block-buy acquisition strategy.
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages including surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the nation’s maritime strategy.